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of american power. silicon valley and superior technologies were not far behind. opening up more horizons in the nation's history. the term american exceptionalism originated in 1830 with a frenchman dispatched to america whose observations of the young nation endure. the homicidal joseph stolen is said to have called america exceptional because he couldn't get enough citizens to rally to his cause. several american presidents especially ronald reagan amplified the theme and pointed to our nation as a model. the city upon a hill. john winthrup as early as 1630 spoke aboard the ship telling his fellow puretans we must e a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us. detractors lump american exceptionalism with distorted patriotism and cheerleading. it makes them feel objective and wise but at every turn history confronts them. the great iron chancellor uni unifier of germany found a kindred spirit in america credited with saying what we learn from history is that no one learns from history but, he added, god has a special providence for fools, drunkards and the united states. that's worth rem
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